The Promised Land
Friend Of The Devil
Lazy Lightnin' ->
New Minglewood Blues
Brown Eyed Women
The Music Never Stopped
Samson And Delilah
Ship Of Fools
Estimated Prophet ->
Eyes Of The World ->
Terrapin Station ->
Playing In The Band ->
Franklin's Tower ->
China Doll ->
Not Fade Away ->
Playing In The Band
One More Saturday Night
Bob was patched out of Rob Bertrando. 18th Row FOB
Tape was paused between most songs in first set. No music is missing in first set. No crossfades were applied.
Tape flip at the end of "Eyes" into "Drums"
Tape flip at the very end of "Franklin's Tower" before the short "Space" that leads into "China Doll".
No SBD or other source is available for a patch at this time. It is minor, but hopefully a fix surfaces one day. The "Franklin's > Space > China Doll" is stellar.
November 18, 2016 Subject:
great set good tape
two full song sequences in set 2, the segues in the second one are fucking ridiculous. garcia is in full flight for a big chunk of this one
the tape is great for the era. very enjoyable still by modern AUD standards. better in lossless and turned up loud on speakers (not just headphones)
June 26, 2015 Subject:
What once was big, now a loner
In certain circles this was a big trading show but now it seems like an orphan. It's one the few remaining highpoint shows from the highpoint era with no SBD or official release - just AUDs. It occurred between the shows on To Terrapin Hartford and the Winterland 77 box. It's better than the former, though not some of the latter, and apparently the show is missing from the vault?
It was a one-off at The Forum and, surprisingly, the only time they played it outside of the six shows in '89 (when it was called Great Western) - that half-century old venue that's still pumping along. I remember shrugging about this tape because during the soup-Nazi, taper-stranglehold era nobody had more than low-gens (and now we think it's weird there's no board!).
This is right in the middle of the band's famed spring '77 highpoint and a couple weeks later was when Zeppelin did their famous Forum stand, from which the Listen to Eddie and Badgeholder boots came (the former is much better). Isn't it weird that Dead tapers were so much more skilled on average (yeah, I know there are a few reasons for this).
I like the dude that yells "you never know what the next song's gonna be but whatever they do it's great". That's true of almost any concert yet we know exactly what he means semiotically. Another funny one is the dude: "looks like we're never gonna see a China Cat again", four songs in!
"Funny though, I get a stronger smell of cigarettes than I do of dope". That's funny on a another level to me because, going to an Orange County show, I told my SoCal head host that I disliked all the smoke at SoCal shows and he was convinced nobody smoked behind the Orange curtain until we got inside. Those SoCal shows were full of cigarettes! I never did figure out why and that was true of Ventura, The Forum, Irvine, etc.
1st Set: B 2nd Set: A
Overall = 4 Stars
Average for Spring 77 - which is above average (i.e. 2-1/2 Stars)
Highlights: 1st Set-
Tennessee Jed - turns bouncy jouncy ragtime-like
Peggy-O - '77 has the strongest Fennarios, destroy the other era-os
Friend of The Devil
New Minglewood Blues - '77 was so uptempo
Brown Eyed Women - tighter than a _______in a ______ 2nd Set -
The whole thing but in particular -
Samson & Delilah - even Donna is great
Eyes of the World - Bobby starts way uptempo, the pace slackened after this era
Drums - not usually as remarkable as 80s/90s
Not Fade Away - hyper tempo
Playing in the Band
SOURCES: This is a Bertrando>Menke FOB in the MOTB so qual is stellar AUD. Menke's sounds a little fuller than Rob's, and since he was patched from Rob one surmises it was just the difference in decks (plus it seems a little EQ/mastering differences).
August 14, 2013 Subject:
Great sound quality for audience recording
This is a delight to listen to. My ears are very happy, as they were anticipating a lower quality AUD recording. However, this is impressive audio.
Magical version of Eyes of the World.
Thanks so much for sharing this beauty!
September 23, 2012 Subject:
While excellent in parts,
especially the Terrapin etc. jam, it's also kinda rough in others. Pretty good recording.
February 4, 2012 Subject:
40 years upon my head,,,
Wuz always jealous of those west coast 77's..I had/have this on a maxel, sounds so much better here, nicely done..Band tight, versions tighter..China Doll...CommAhhhnn...Saweet! Fair thee well my friends!
December 28, 2011 Subject:
oh my God.
Now Ive heard this band do some magical shit before, but he invocation of light just out of Playing before franklin's thunders in just sent me into hyperspace spontaneously! These guys are cool. He he...
OK, I do have to throw 5 bright morning stars on this, and Ive never bothered before.
November 25, 2011 Subject:
"It's funny though, I get a stronger smell of cigarettes than I do of DOPE. O-oh my."--Female concertgoer before the start of Candyman
Well this has always been one of my favorite AUDs from 1977. The sound is just amazing here. Thanks for the upgrade. Each song is uniquely and perfectly played. Love the Lazy Lightning>Supplication and Candyman. The whole second set is just Acapulco gold.
May 29, 2011 Subject:
Although the Bertrando recording is louder, this recording is more clear but you'll need to turn it up more, coming from my $49 speaker anyway. Actually, I like the first set of the Bertrando recording and this second set. Rating 4.51
November 19, 2010 Subject:
Another Great '77
Only on AUD and spectacular!!
This show delivers from top to bottom.
The energy level is through the roof.
What can I really say? It's as sick as it looks,
if not more so. Break off the volume knob!!!!
February 2, 2010 Subject:
I think that alot of people forget about this show becuase it is only circulating as an aud, however this is a very high quality recording. Lazy Lightning>Supplication was the highlight of the first set for me which was solid 77'. the second set is where this show really shines. Estimated>eyes is great, as well is the terrapin>playin>franklins. Finally china doll>NFA>playin finishes the show in fantastic fashion. Get this show
February 2, 2009 Subject:
Man, this is a totally killer show. First of all, let me just say that in my opinion this has got to be one of the very, very best 77's (which I know is no small claim). First set is quality (e.g., FOTD, Music), but not suprisingly it is the second set that is really spectacular. Highlights include Estimated>Eyes, Franklin's(the transition from Playin' is killer) and a Cornell-esqe NFA (albiet with a slightly faster tempo). Lots and lots of other great stuff to enjoy as well!!
January 29, 2009 Subject:
What's Not To Love?
...well, besides the talkers in the first set.
Anytime you hear "Spring 77" and "MOTB" in the same breath, you know your day has just improved. The only other source, another AUD, is outstanding but the MOTB folks have kicked it up a notch here. Great work for a great show. Typical Spring 77 performance w/ yet another roof being blown off. I've said it before and I'll say it again: we are some spoiled kids around here.
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